Oklahoma was certainly not bashful in making offers this last weekend. The Sooners made four overall but three, perhaps more importantly, within the state.
Sooners Illustrated with a breakdown of all four offers, one-by-one. What they mean now and going forward.
Tulsa (Okla.) Memorial DE Isaiah Thomas
Why this offer was important: Because you didn’t want another Joshua Jacobs scenario. Jacobs became an overnight sensation toward signing day before picking Alabama. Like Jacobs, Thomas is also a Tulsa Public Schools product.
Thomas had zero offers Thursday morning and now has seven with that likely to climb even in the hours after this is posted. There’s a lot to like in Thomas, especially the thought of how he can be molded into either an outside linebacker or defensive end.
He’s still raw, but you can live with that. It will be very interesting to see going forward whether or not Thomas wants to hit the camp circuit or if he’s content to work on his game in private as the offers keep flowing in.
Other notable offers: Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Missouri, are among the other big-time programs throwing their hat in the ring right now.
OU confidence level: High. Once again this was a case of where OU really wanted to offer Thomas in person and got to do just that Saturday. You can argue if OU dropped the ball with Jacobs, but you can’t make that point with Thomas. OU learned from that perceived mistake.